Activities the Week of Monday, September 26, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Courtney Lewis
The Witches * Poet Conny Palacios * The Value of Doubt * City Market Book Sale

The Witches - Stacy Schiff
Monday, September 26 | 6:30 pm. | Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff explores one of the more astonishing chapters in American history - the Salem Witch Trials - in a public conversation with Library Director Crosby Kemper III about her most recent book The Witches: Salem, 1692.

Schiff won a Pulitzer in 2000 for her biography Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), and was a 1995 Pulitzer finalist for Saint-Exupéry. She also wrote the 2010 best-seller Cleopatra.

Co-presented by Rainy Day Books.

An Evening with Poet Conny Palacios
Tuesday, September 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The works of renowned Nicaragua-born poet, novelist, and literary critic Conny Palacios have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has read her poetry in England, Spain, and throughout Latin America. Nine years ago, she was one of four writers invited to Washington, D.C., to read from her works during the Library of Congress' celebration of 400 years of Hispanic poetry in the U.S.

Palacios, an associate Spanish professor at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina, discusses and reads her poetry in the latest installment of the Library's 2016 Immigrant Heritage Series. The event also commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Value of Doubt - Bill Tammeus
Wednesday, September 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

Former Kansas City Star columnist and longtime religion writer Bill Tammeus discusses his new book, in which he takes on the self-certitude of religious zealotry. In truth, he says, healthy faith embraces doubt.

Tammeus, who has covered religion for decades for The Star, The Presbyterian Outlook and The National Catholic Reporter, as well as in his daily Faith Matters blog, draws deeply from his own Protestant experiences in a discussion of his new book The Value of Doubt: Why Unanswered Questions, Not Unquestioned Answers, Build Faith. He maintains that it's the willingness to question, to reconsider, to be comfortable with ambiguity and paradox that will save faith from the hands of those who seem to know all the answers before they ever hear the questions.

2016 City Market Book Sale
Saturday, October 1 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m| City Market, 400 Grand St.

Looking for some good reads, new music, or a movie or two? Join us for this season's final City Market Book Sale.

The Friends of the Kansas City Public Library are selling an array of books and other items for a mere $1 to $2, in the atrium north of Steamboat Arabia at the City Market. Choose from recently published hardback fiction, nonfiction, popular young adult, and audio books; soft-cover books for all ages; DVDs; and CDs.

Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Programming is free at the Kansas City Public Library and free parking is available at all Library locations. Event attendees can RSVP at or at 816.701.3407.

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